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VariousLibrary of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern volume 2 (August 13, 2011)

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The "Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern", is a work of enormous proportions. Setting out with the simple goal of offering "American households a mass of good reading", the editors drew from literature of all times and all kinds what they considered the best pieces of human writing, and compiled an ambitious collection of 45 volumes (with a 46th being an index-guide). Besides the selection and translation of a huge number of poems, letters, short stories and sections of books, the collection offers, before each chapter, a short essay about the author or subject in question. In many cases, chapters contemplate not one author, but certain groups of works, organized by nationality, subject or period; there is, thus, a chapter on Accadian-Babylonian literature, one on the Holy Grail, and one on Chansons, for example.

The result is a collection that holds the interest, for the variety of subjects and forms, but also as a means of first contact with such famous and important authors that many people have heard of, but never read, such as Abelard, Dante or Lord Byron. According to the editor Charles Dudley Warner, this collection "is not a library of reference only, but a library to be read."

This second volume contains chapters from "Anacreon" to "Auerbach". (Summary by Leni)



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This audio is part of the collection: The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
It also belongs to collections: Audio Books & Poetry; Community Audio

Artist/Composer: Various
Date: 2011-08-13
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Keywords: librivox; audiobook; collection; world literature; Anglo-Saxon literature; Anacreon; Andersen; Aneurin; Beowulf; D'Annunzio; Antar; Apuleius; Aquinas; Arabic literature; Arabian Nights; Al-Hariri; Arago; Arbuthnot; Argonauts; Ariosto; Aristophanes; Aristotle; Arnason; Arndt; Arnold; Arthurian Legends; Asbjornsen; Ascham; Athenaeus; Atterbom; Aucassin and Nicollete; Audubon; Auerbach.


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01 - Selected poems by Anacreon 16.4 MB
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02 - Essay on Hans Christian Andersen by Benjamin W. Wells 10.5 MB
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03 - The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen 13.4 MB
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04 - The Teapot by Hans Christian Andersen 4.1 MB
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05 - The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen 23.1 MB
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06 - What the Moon Saw & The Lovers by Hans Christian Andersen 5.7 MB
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07 - The Snow Queen - Fourth Story by Hans Christian Andersen 13.7 MB
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08 - The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen 21.6 MB
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09 - Excerpts from The Story of My Life and The Improvisatore by Hans Christian Andersen 13.8 MB
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10 - Selected poems by Aneurin 10.4 MB
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11 - Essay on Anglo-Saxon Literature by Robert Sharp 44.3 MB
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12 - Excerpts from Beowulf 9.8 MB
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13 - Selected works from Anglo-Saxon Literature 36.5 MB
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14 - Selected works by Gabriele D'Annunzio 33.3 MB
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15 - Selected excerpts from Antar 35.4 MB
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16 - Essay on Lucius Apuleius by Charles Dudley Warner 9.7 MB
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17 - The Tale of Aristomenes, the Commercial Traveler, from The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius 21.7 MB
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18 - The Awakening of Cupid, from The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius 12.8 MB
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19 - Selected works by Thomas Aquinas 24.0 MB
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20 - Essay on The Arabian Nights by Richard Gottheil 16.2 MB
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21 - The Story of the City of Brass, from The Arabian Nights 26.9 MB
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22 - The History of King Omar Ben Ennuman, and His Sons Sherkan and Zoulmekan, from The Arabian Nights 28.7 MB
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23 - Sindbad the Seaman and Sindbad the Landsman, from The Arabian Nights 29.0 MB
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24 - Conclusion of The Thousand Nights and a Night, from The Arabian Nights 25.9 MB
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25 - Essay on Arabic Literature by Richard Gottheil 45.1 MB
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26 - Selected poems, from Arabic Literature 11.3 MB
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27 - Selected poems, from Arabic Literature 22.8 MB
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28 - Excerpts from the Qu'ran 15.4 MB
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29 - Excerpts from the Makamat by Al-Hariri of Basra 9.5 MB
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30 - The Caliph Omar Bin Abd Al-Aziz and the Poets, from The Arabian Nights 9.1 MB
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31 - Essay on Arago by Edward S. Holden 11.0 MB
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32 - Excerpts from Laplace by Dominique Fran├žois Arago 39.7 MB
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33 - Selected excerpts by John Arbuthnot 29.7 MB
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34 - The Argonautic Legend 16.4 MB
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35 - Essay on Ludovico Ariosto by L. Oscar Kuhns 10.4 MB
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36 - Excerpts from Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto 28.2 MB
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37 - Essay on Aristophanes by Paul Shorey 36.4 MB
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38 - Excerpts from various plays by Aristophanes 26.8 MB
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39 - Excertps from The Frogs by Aristophanes 11.8 MB
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40 - Essay on Aristotle by Thomas Davidson 25.3 MB
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41 - Selected excerpts by Aristotle 14.6 MB
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42 - Selected works by Jon Arnason 24.0 MB
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43 - Selected poems by Ernst Moritz Arndt 11.1 MB
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44 - Selected excerpts from The Light of Asia by Edwin Arnold 27.5 MB
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45 - Selected poems by Edwin Arnold 25.9 MB
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46 - Essay on Matthew Arnold by George Edward Woodberry 42.0 MB
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47 - Selected works by Matthew Arnold 27.2 MB
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48 - Selected poems by Matthew Arnold 39.1 MB
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49 - Essay on Arthurian Legends by Richard Jones 36.6 MB
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50 - Excerpts from Arthurian Legends 15.9 MB
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51 - Selected works by Peter Christen Asbjornsen 24.5 MB
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52 - Selected excerpts by Roger Ascham 19.3 MB
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53 - Selected excerpts from the Deipnosophistae by Athenaeus 26.2 MB
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54 - Selected works by P.D.A. Atterbom 19.4 MB
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55 - Excerpts from Aucassin and Nicollete 32.4 MB
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56 - Excerpt from 'The American Ornithological Biography' by John James Audubon 13.5 MB
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57 - Selected excerpt, from Black Forest Village Stories by Berthold Auerbach 19.0 MB
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58 - Selected excerpts from On the Heights, part 1 by Berthold Auerbach 22.1 MB
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59 - Selected excerpts from On the Heights, part 2 by Berthold Auerbach 23.8 MB
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60 - Selected excerpts from On the Heights, part 3 by Berthold Auerbach 23.6 MB
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